Finance Committee, Maryland State Senate

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The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland State Senate.

Per Senate Rule 18, the committee is made up of 11 members.[1]

Per Senate Rule 18, committees in the Maryland State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate at the beginning of each session of the Maryland General Assembly. The President is responsible for appointing chairs and vice chairs, and referring bills and resolutions to a committee. The Senate may suspend the rules to consider a bill or resolution with reference to a committee, provided that each member is given a copy. A member of a standing committee whose main function is to consider legislation may not serve as a member of another such standing committee.[2][3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: The text of the Senate rules is not available electronically, but can be found in the print version of the Senate Journal. Rules 18 and 33 have been reproduced for Ballotpedia by request, and can be found here. For more information, contact the Department of Legislative Services.


The Finance Committee started in December 1831. Originally, it bore responsibility for reviewing all bills concerned with fiscal matters. In 1975, the review of budgetary and tax matters was assigned to a separate committee - the Budget and Taxation Committee.

Legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions; commercial law, including consumer protection; credit regulation and consumer financing; economic and community development; and health and welfare matters is considered by the Committee. Bills concerned with horse racing and lotteries; insurance; labor and employment; State personnel issues; social programs; transportation; unemployment insurance; utility regulation; and workers' compensation also are reviewed by the Committee.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Finance Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (3)
Thomas Mac Middleton, ChairStephen Hershey, Jr.
John Astle, Vice-ChairJ.B. Jennings
Joanne BensonEdward R. Reilly
Brian Feldman
Delores Kelley
Katherine Klausmeier
James Mathias, Jr.
Catherine Pugh


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.


External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Archives, "Finance Committee - Origin & Functions," accessed January 22, 2014
  2. Maryland State Archives, "The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law," accessed January 22, 2014
  3. Information submitted by legislative librarian Annette Haldeman via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on February 11, 2014.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.